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Hi Annick,
my name is Linda i came to the US in 2007 with F1 visa. i stoped going to school in 2008.
in 2009 two ICE officer came to look for me in friend's house but i was lucky cuz they didn t find me over there!
i am getting married next week with us citizen that i knew sice 2001 and we do share the same backround ( same origine, religion, same city, same university...)
can immigration put a deporation order against me even they couldn t find me? if so, am i going to have trouble getting a GC?

can I juste to ahead and file by my self or it would be better if i hire a lawyer?

Hello Linda:

A deportation order is issued by the Court, after you have been found removable from the United States. The whole process starts, once a Notice to Appear is issued to you by the Immigration court. You did not mention whether you received such documents.
In the absence of such Notice, you are not currently in removal proceedings and can proceed to adjust your status through USCIS.

You are welcome to retain a competent immigration attorney, to insure that the process moves smoothly.


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Annick Tchokonte-Koloko


Ms. Koloko's practice includes removal defense, political asylum, federal litigation, consular processing, criminal law, and assistance in business and family based visas. Ms. Koloko is an experienced litigator who practices regularly in courts throughout the United States.


Ms. Koloko had litigated cases before the Immigration Courts as well as the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ms. Koloko also handled successfully numerous non-immigrant and immigrant applications before USCIS, as well as US Consular Posts.

AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) Admitted to practice in U.S. District Court, Western District of New York Admitted in New York

Ms. Koloko received a JD from the University of Paris, as well as Master of Laws (LLM) from Franklin Pierce Law Center.

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